Northport-East Northport SD addresses parents’ safety concerns
The Northport-East Northport School District hosted parents for a forum on school safety Thursday night as district officials seek to ease concerns following a school massacre in Florida.
East Northport mom Laurie Nordby says her seventh- and 10th-graders are afraid to go to school. She was in the audience Thursday night at the Board of Education meeting as the superintendent and the district's security consultant answered questions and concerns.
They outlined the district's current safety precautions and explained upcoming measures -- like new security vestibules that will keep unwanted visitors from entering the district's school buildings.
"As people enter, there are two sets of doors," Superintendent Robert Banzer explained. "They would come in the first set, and then there is time to respond, for the greeter or a person opening the door, to make sure that they should enter the second set of doors."
Joseph Sabia, a former school board member, says he wants the district to go further and add armed guards to each school.
"Things have changed," he says. "It's not the way it used to be. I would think that the schools were a sanctuary, where no one would hurt our children and teachers."